With the fall season always follows some great new entertainment. Whether it’s the return of our favorite TV shows (a post on that coming soon…), fantastic new music albums (Taylor Swift, anyone?), or new book releases, there is always so much exciting new stuff to consume.
I’ve put together a list of five recently released books that I am most excited to read this season. They’re all sitting on my bookshelf just waiting to be read. And I cannot wait.
I originally talked about these books in a video on my Youtube channel, so make sure to check that out if you’d rather listen than read. Or if you just feel like having a new channel to watch, go check it out! Otherwise, continue on to see the five books I will definitely be picking up and losing myself in during the next few months!
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
This highly-anticipated 6th novel by John Green is about a 16-year-old girl named Aza who begins to investigate the disappearance of a billionaire in her town. Not only is there a $100,000 reward on the line, but the billionaire just so happens to be the father of a boy named Davis who used to be Aza’s friend.
Meanwhile, Aza is struggling with mental health issues such as anxiety and OCD, so a big portion of the book is dedicated to how she deals with it and struggles to overcome it in the midst of being a teenager in high school.
What I love about John Green books is that he writes YA fiction that is fun and a little weird while still being thoughtful and genuine. He is never afraid to shy away from difficult topics just because of the YA label. It’s one of the many reasons why he’s my favorite author and one of my favorite people to watch and emulate on YouTube (he has a great channel with his brother that I highly recommend).
His book Paper Towns, as I’ve mentioned in the past, is one of my favorite books of all time. So it’s obvious that I’ve been excited to read this book for a very long time. This book seems like it’s going to be part-mystery, just like Paper Towns, and part-mental health stuff, which is really close to my heart.
I think I’m going to like this one. To put it lightly.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
From what I can gather, this book is about a perfect family, the Richardson’s, who live in a perfect little town. That is, until the Warren’s, a mother and daughter pair, move in. And let’s just say…they shake things up a bit. It seems like there will be a lot of conflict between these two families that begin to divide the town and the mothers as they try to discover each other’s lives and secrets.
This book claims to explore the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood, and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster. It feels like it’s going to be a very dark, emotional, and maybe even mysterious book which has me very excited.
I love reading about small towns, family dynamics, and relationships that people have with each other. So even though I don’t read a lot of regular fiction, this seems like something I’m going to enjoy.
Not to mention, the synopsis kind of reminds me of Winesburg, Ohio. Maybe that’s an obscure reference. I’m not sure how many people out there have read that book. But the two seem similar in the idea of small-town dynamics and inter-town relationships. That sort of thing.
But this book has great reviews and I haven’t read a book like this in a very long time, so I’m very excited about this one!
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
The story of Moxie is centered around a girl named Vivian Carter who creates a feminist-driven magazine in response to the sexist things she sees going on in her school. From there, she begins to make friends and make changes by starting a “girl revolution,” which sounds pretty cool to me.
I’ve been wanting to check out this book for a long time because I love when YA books comment on really tough topics. It’s very easy for teen and young adult stories to be flat and silly and focused on “teen things” rather than the real stuff. I think we can often forget that teens deal with the same complex topics and situations that adults do. So I love when fiction reflects that.
It seems like this book is going to hit the feminist topic head-on, so I’m very excited about that. I haven’t read The Hate U Give, but it seems like they’ll be similar in that they discuss “adult” topics from a teen POV. We need more of that in YA fiction, so I’m hoping this is a trend that only continues.
Regardless, this just seems like a really cool book and I think it will be interesting to see how it tackles feminism from a teen POV.
Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
This is a nonfiction story about the author, Shaun Bythell, who owns a secondhand bookshop in Scotland. The story recounts what it’s like to be a part of the book trade, the strange and interesting customers he encounters, and the thrill of unexpected book finds.
On the surface, the story seems like it may be boring. But at the same time, I think it seems incredibly exciting, interesting, and fun. I’ve never encountered a book quite like this, and it makes me really excited.
It has extremely great reviews and apparently it’s full of snide commentary, but also thoughtful commentary on the book industry. Packed with book recommendations and the charms of living life in a bookshop, I think I’m really going to like this.
I’m not really sure what to expect with this one…but I just have a feeling it will be really good.
The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
This story by Alexandra Bracken, author of The Darkest Minds, is about a boy named Prosper who one day finds himself with a demon living inside him. Yes, it’s true. And not to mention, it seems as though this demon wants to destroy Prosper’s family for something that happened years and years ago. The plot thickens.
Obviously, because Prosper’s a smart dude, he doesn’t want his family destroyed. So he has to figure out a way to out-smart this demon and get it the hell out of him…I imagine. That seems like the only logical conclusion when something like this happens.
I picked up this book because last year I read Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds series. If you recall, I absolutely LOVED the first book in the series. As it went on, I wasn’t such a fan of how the story continued. But my love for the first book still burns bright.
This book is also the first book in its series, so if it’s anything like The Darkest Minds, it’s going to be great. I love the concept of grudges passed down through generations and whether or not we’re doomed to repeat history, so I’m very convinced this book will be exciting.
What books are you looking forward to reading in the next few months? Have you picked up anything good recently? Let us know in the comments!